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What is the CHEAPEST per load laundry detergent without additives that is readily available?

Asked by fluther2023 (8points) January 13th, 2023

I hope it isn’t organic or green or made with fair labor practices. Instead I hope it is cheap and doesn’t have additives like fragrance or brighteners or anything else that causes people to have allergic reactions. If it is a common and readily available brand that is great. If none such product exists I guess anything is better than nothing.

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YARNLADY's avatar

My son uses All, which one of the cheapest per load and he loves it. I’m partial to tide, more expensive, but gets clothes cleaner.

RayaHope's avatar

My mom uses Borax stuff. But I don’t know what it’s made of.

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SnipSnip's avatar

Define “without additives.”

Lightlyseared's avatar

Soap flakes. It’s soap that’s been grated. It’s the original laundry detergent but fell out of favour for more fancy concentrated stuff with all the additives I’m assuming you don’t want. It’s making a come back now as a ‘natural’ alternative which has made it more expensive.

kritiper's avatar

Straight lye soap. Cut the bars into cubes of usable size.

snowberry's avatar

If you’re on a septic system, you might want to check the link below to see if the detergent you pick is good for it. Septic systems are obscenely expensive to clean, and I am taking great care to make mine last as long as possible between cleanings.

I use 7th generation, but I will also use Arm and Hammer free and clear.

Kraigmo's avatar

That would be Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds.
Yes, it’s organic.
But per serving… it is cheaper than anything else, due to its concentration.
Because it is vegetable soap, however, you’ll need to put a little bit of vinegar in the rinse cycle to prevent residue buildup.

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